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The Other ‘Birds of Prey’

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Like most comic book movies, Birds Of Prey (aka Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey) takes great liberties with its source material to tell a more coherent story. But that doesn’t mean it ignores the history of these characters. Screenwriter Christina Hodson delved deep into the wellspring of Batman lore to bring us a story filled with delightful details derived from an abundance of material, from comics to video games, spanning the breadth of DC Comics canon. While you may be familiar with the movie’s main character, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), here’s a guide to the rest.

Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez)

This character dates back to 1992. In the comics, Officer Renee Montoya takes on the alias of “The Question,” whose costume, that of a plainclothes detective with a blank-faced mask, became the basis for Watchmen’s Rorschach. Montoya takes up the mask after resigning from the police force and being hired by the first Question as an assistant to his vigilante investigation. Eventually, she became his successor when he died of lung cancer. The movie version of Montoya also quits the Gotham City Police Department to become a vigilante. And she is, as in the comics, a lesbian. Montoya’s alcoholism, which led to her partner leaving her in the comics, is also referenced in the movie through a pointed jab from her ex (Ali Wong).

Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell)

In the movie, when Renee Montoya approaches Dinah Lance at her apartment with a coffee and an offer to........

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